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An Integrative Review of the Benefits of Art Therapy Interventions to Counteract the Struggles on Quality of Life for the Aging Population


An Integrative Review of the Benefits of Art Therapy Interventions to Counteract the Struggles on Quality of Life for the Aging Population

Cousineau, Cynthia (2021) An Integrative Review of the Benefits of Art Therapy Interventions to Counteract the Struggles on Quality of Life for the Aging Population. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Quality of life for older adults is threatened by loss of autonomy, cognitive capacity, and motor ability which can lead to depression and isolation. COVID-19 is a major threat to the current senior population which is very vulnerable, and art therapy could serve as a tool to eliminate the negative feelings of loss that has been greatly increased by this population during the pandemic. This topic is important because of a growing population of seniors as a direct result of baby boomers retiring, Aging affects everyone, and it is important to understand the most suitable ways to cope with the losses associated with it, and that is where art therapy serves a vital role. Do art therapy interventions in a safe environment contribute to an increased quality of life for seniors who suffer from isolation because of dementia or living in a nursing home? This topic is relevant to art therapy because it aims to investigate how being exposed to creativity helps the quality of happiness and social lives of older adults. This theoretical research paper will examine previous research on interventions with fundamental theories influenced by psychoanalytic theory and humanistic approaches on a target population of seniors, organize past literature and form links between research, theory and the actual practice/interventions described and examine the feelings and benefits of art-making as a means of coping with feelings of loss, and will be accomplished through art responses that show the benefits of having a sense of purpose when working with sensory art.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Cousineau, Cynthia
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy Option)
Date:1 September 2021
Keywords:Art therapy Elderly Art therapy interventions older adults COVID
ID Code:989016
Deposited On:22 Oct 2021 21:27
Last Modified:22 Oct 2021 21:27


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